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Do mothballs or ammonia help repel rodents?

If you have rodents in your home there is one thing you can be absolutely sure of. That is that there will be family members or friends who will absolutely assure you that they have the surefire way to keep these pests out of your house and scare them away from your home.

This is the inevitable problem that virtually every person on earth faces. If you have some kind of challenge in your home, you can guarantee that there are a whole number of experts out there who are ready to provide you with their surefire advice on how you can resolve that issue quickly and safely.

It does not matter whether you are talking about a crack in your wall, your child having difficulty with math, or your boss being a complete jerk at work, there are the experts everywhere that you go. This even includes when you have a rodent problem in or around your house. There are going to be a number of experts you’re going to assure you that they have the solution.

One that you will likely hear if you are having challenges with rodents is that all it takes is for you to place mothballs or ammonia in or around your house to resolve the problem. The experts will tell you that since mothballs deter moths from coming around, they will have the same effect on other pests, regardless of whether they are squirrels, raccoons, possums, rats, or mice. These mothballs will work no matter what.

There were also those who would tell you that ammonia will be just as effective. Play some ammonia around your property or inside your attic area and your problem will be resolved in no time at all. The critters will be irritated by the smell and they will run away.

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The great thing about these “experts” is that their solution sound perfectly logical. Everything they are saying seems to make a great deal of sense. The problem in this case is that they have no idea what they’re talking about. These may seem like a logical solution, but they will do absolutely nothing for you.

The problem with mothballs is that they aren’t as much of an irritant to a rodent as you would think. Yes, if you stuck hundreds of them in your attic area maybe that would be effective, but is that a cost you want to spend with limited success? The answer is most likely no.

Ammonia is even worse. Have you smelled ammonia? It’s not the most pleasant odor, and that may not be something that you want around your home. It will be quite ineffective at deterring away mice and rats, but could be toxic to your family and will likely kill any vegetation you have around your home.

These sound like great remedies, but they are not the choice for you at all. If you are looking for a way to get rid of rodents there are good options, these are not one of them. Read more: Rat Control, Get Rats Out of the Attic, Rat Trapping, Rats in the Ceiling, Rat Feces.

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